How Fuel provides automobile maintenance resources for people in need

  • Savannah Smith is a high school student and National Beta Club member with a passion for writing and community outreach.

On the second Tuesday of every month, car and motorcycle enthusiasts congregate at a local Evangelical church. Often, regulars bring souped-up show cars: classic Ford Thunderbirds, Chevrolet Camaros, BMWs, and a Porsche have made appearances, but all engines and all people are welcome. 

 For the July meeting, organizers provided cupcakes and sodas as refreshments. New visitors milled around engaging in discussions about their summer hobby projects and discovering shared interests with fellow auto-buffs. Despite the casual atmosphere, this group is on a mission.

Savannah Smith

Also known as “Fuel,” the organization is an outreach ministry based out of WellSpring Christian Church in Spring Hill, Tennessee— recently dubbed one of Nashville’s hottest suburbs. The group aims to provide free information and practical repair skills to those who lack proper access to auto maintenance resources while also providing a space for fellowship.

A co-founder of Fuel explained the main methods in which they strive to serve the underprivileged: “We do a lot to try to help the homeless and fight homelessness. If you live in a rural area and lose your transportation, you lose your ability to get to work. Then you lose your income and can’t afford to pay the bills. Oftentimes for only twenty, fifty, or a hundred dollars, we can stop that chain of events early on by providing auto care.”